Today’s Headlines

  • SFMTA Considers Extending Parking Meter Hours, Raising Muni Fares (SF Examiner, SFGate)
  • Man Killed in Gilroy Car Crash Is South Bay’s Sixth Road Death in Five Days (Mercury News)
  • Pedestrian Hit in Novato Is Second in 12 Hours (Marin IJ)
  • Two Adults, Two Young Children Hurt in Hayward Car Crash (CoCo Times)
  • Two Drivers Injured in Corte Madera Car Crash (Marin IJ)
  • More on Wednesday’s DUI Crash on Sloat Boulevard (BCN via SF Appeal)
  • Planning Commission Approves SFMOMA Expansion (Bay Citizen)
  • Judge: CAHSRA Must Ax Peninsula Route For Now (Mercury News)
  • CA Supreme Court Case Could Eliminate Redevelopment Agencies (BCN via SF AppealKQED)
  • Cyclist Fashion, Way Beyond Spandex (Bay Citizen)
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  • mikesonn

    NIMBY’s on the peninsula won. What a shame. I say just take 2 or 3 lanes from 101 and build HSR there.

  • Anonymous

    Completely agreed. People will tolerate 10 lanes of roaring cars 24-7 that epitomize the most efficient, dangerous, polluting, and noisy form of transportation, but then they get up in arms when we try to replace that with a form of transit that improves all these categories. Damn straight: run HSR right down a couple lanes of 101.

  • Anonymous

    Attaching the true cost of driving through expanded parking meter hours is great, but the primary purpose of meters is to turn over spaces. Try parking around Valencia after 6pm. Most spots are taken for overnight storage. Having meters run later and on Sundays will not only increase revenue for the SFMTA, but will give a boost to buisness on our commercial strips. Of course, I’d love to see us all bike, walk, and take Muni…

  • mikesonn

    SFMTA sucks at PR. Evening and Sunday parking only comes up during budget discussions which means the public sees it as the SFMTA is trying to raise revenue. As you said, that should be secondary. Turn over, while businesses are open, is the true purpose of parking meters. The pricing should be that which optimizes turn-over while 85% of the spaces are filled so there is always at least one spot available for those looking to park. This will provide the local businesses with the greatest amount of customers while reducing the number of drivers circling for spaces.

  • Anonymous

    Heck no, don’t build it on 101. It’s too curvy, making for a slow trip, and the stations would be in lousy locations.

    Really, you’d have to be braindead not to do it on the Caltrain line. If they can’t do it, they should import some engineers from France or Japan to figure it out.

  • mikesonn

    @baklazhan:disqus I was being facetious. Of course HSR should go down the Caltrain ROW. However, the “green” peninsula allows 8 lanes of 101 and another 8 for 280, but heaven forbid we make some space for a train.

  • Sprague

    If the curves are an issue then it shouldn’t be done, but it seems like much of the local opposition to HSR would evaporate if 101’s median (and a lane in each direction) were rededicated to a cleaner, greener and smarter use (high speed rail).  I’m looking forward to an electrified Caltrain and HSR, too, but it would be a great step forward when California begins to find new and better uses for some of its freeway right-of ways.

  • Dan Lambert

    I must say I was apalled yesterday to come back to my car at 8 p.m. Sunday night to find a $62 parking ticket on my car.  Holy crapppola! Does San Francisco want to keep out-of-towners away. Who would assume that at 3 p.m. on Sunday at 684 Embarcadero that the parking meters were operational and lying in wait for an unsuspecting parker. I know that SF has its issues, but this is ridiculous.  Is this to keep the overpaid city staff in the bonus situation regardless of what it does to the man or woman on the street.  Not only that but the signage was , as far as I could see, absent from the scene.  Admittedly it was dark when I returned but I could see no signage close by and a cursory examination of the meter showed nothing as to hours of operation.  I will have to go back to check these points and hopefully avoid a further ticket in doing so.  San Francisco could again become a place I love to hate due to its parking idiocy.

    If the mayor and city council would pay more attention to keeping the cost of administration and pensions down they might not have to charge for Sunday afternoon steet parking. And $62 dollars.  Yikes.

  • mikesonn

    You picked a random page to complain.

    Anyway, EMB is pretty much all port property and they have been doing Sunday and evening parking meters for several years now. And let me guess, you figured you’d get free parking during the Giants game, an event that drew nearly 50,000 people. Wow, then you have the nerve to blame the city for your lack of respect (expecting free parking near a major national event in the heart of the city is disrespect to the residents, the city and the event itself). But you don’t stop there, the ticket is not your fault, nope! You come to some random page on a blog that supports properly pricing parking for demand and complain.

    The nerve of this guy.

  • Dan Lambert

    Wow.  That is quite an assumption mikesonn.  Actually I was working as a volunteer for the Yes On 34 statewide ballot proposition and walked quite a distance from where I parked.  

    The nerve to expect any free parking in San Francisco.  I suppose that is pretty strange. I’ll just have to hitch up my pants and leave San Francisco to you and yours. Good luck.

  • mikesonn

    It’s a busy crowded city, free parking isn’t a luxury we can afford.

  • Anonymous

    “Admittedly it was dark when I returned but I could see no signage close by and a cursory examination of the meter showed nothing as to hours of operation.”

    If you were parking at an SF Park meter, the hours are on the screen of the meter. Check it out: http://sfist.com/attachments/SFist_AndrewD/sfpark_meter.jpg

    Possibly you didn’t get that from your ‘cursory examination’, but that’s your fault, not the fault of the City or the Port. Take that $62 ticket as a reminder to check the enforcement hours next time you park at a meter, and quit blaming other people for your own carelessness.

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